Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today put a few finishing touches on its two-day "Fan Expo," which is scheduled to take place at the Direct Energy Centre from April 29 to April 30 to coincide with UFC 129: "St. Pierre vs. Shields."
Former number one lightweight contender Diego Sanchez will compete for the UFC® Fan Expo grappling tournament title when he takes on number-one ranked Canadian grappler Andrew McInnes in the opening round of the four-man tournament.
On the other side of the bracket, world-renowned Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Ryan Hall, who defeated Hermes Franca at the UFC Fan Expo in Boston last August, will take on Jorge Britto, who has trained under the likes of Helio Gracie, Royler Gracie, Saulo Ribeiro and Xande Ribeiro.
The opening round bouts will take place on Fri., April 29 at 1:30 p.m. ET. The respective winners of the opening round bouts will meet in the finals on Saturday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
In addition, a grappling superfight between Fabio Holanda -- head instructor of Brazilian Top Team (Montreal) -- will take on seven-time Grappler’s Quest champion Nolan Dutch on Sat., April 30 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
UFC President Dana White had this to say about the grappling tournament:
"The UFC Fan Expo will feature some great matches between some of the best grapplers in the world. I’m really excited to see Diego Sanchez compete and try to win the tournament. He’s always really tough on the ground and he has a ton of heart."
In addition to the grappling match, the UFC Fan Expo will include meet and greets with legendary UFC, Pride FC and WEC fighters, mixed martial arts (MMA) demonstrations, fan-inspired special events, training and development sessions, as well as other combat related opportunities and entertainment.
It is also expected to attract more than "150 leading vendors covering roughly 300,000 square feet of space."
Oh, and by the way, there are also some huge fights taking place that weekend.
UFC 129 is set to feature a main event between Canada's own Georges St. Pierre, defending his welterweight title against fresh challenger -- and former Elite XC and Strikeforce champion -- Jake Shields.
UFC Featherweight Champion Jose will also put his 145-pound belt on the line for the first time when he takes on Mark Hominick the co-main event of the evening.